Once one of Syria’s closest allies, Turkey has been a vocal opponent of Assad’s violent crackdown against anti-government protesters. But while Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has talked tough, he’s stopped short of military intervention.
Syria’s Interior Ministry announced today that voters had approved constitutional reforms. The referendum was dismissed by Western leaders as a sham.The government's reform effort follows a gathering of Western leaders and Syrian opposition groups in Tunisia over the weekend.
Syria bolstered security around the U.S. embassy in Damascus after Monday’s attack by a pro-government mob on the compound drew worldwide rebuke. After weeks of restrained U.S. reaction to Syria’s brutal crackdown on democracy protestors, diplomatic exchanges between the countries are now tense.
Anti-government protests in Syria are nearing the two-month mark. After initially hinting at compromises, President Bashar al-Assad now appears to favor using force to crush the demonstrations. Last weekend saw an escalation of government forces in cities across Syria.